Prepper’s New Year’s Resolutions (Fitness)

7 Jan

If you’re like many people, you’ve made New Year’s Resolutions. These give us motivation to achieve goals. One of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is to lose weight and to get back into shape. After about a month, many will revert to their old ways. No harm done, but opportunity lost.

It’s a great time to test the theory of progressive muscle development. Starting today, you could try something like this: Do one pushup or do one burpee. Don’t do more. Just one. Tomorrow, and every day hereafter for the next two or three months, add one more repetition to your chosen exercise. Don’t miss a day. See where you are in sixty or ninety days, whichever period you’ve chosen.

Many people fail at this because they want to do too much too soon. One push up is trivial, so they want to start at twenty. The problem with that is that the body hasn’t had twenty days to build up to doing progressively more and more exercise. They haven’t created the mental picture of constantly adding one more easy repetition. The exercise doesn’t become a habit when we do too much to start. But, doing one, two, three, four, five, etc., pushups or burpees will let the exercise habit sneak up on us. If bad habits can sneak up on us, why shouldn’t we let good ones too?

You can’t rush success or knowledge or skill in many areas. This plan of attack doesn’t work for everything. Take the humble pull up. That’s a pretty intense exercise. After only a few days, it’s possible you’ll be pushing your muscles to exhaustion with only a few more reps. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to do 60 straight after 60 days. They’re just too darn hard.

Many say burpees are a cardio exercise. I wouldn’t classify it so. To do cardio, you need to elevate and maintain a high heart rate for at least 20 minutes. Thirty minutes or forty is better. Few people can maintain a good pace with burpees and do them for half an hour.

An easy exercise for most people is walking. Studies have shown that 30 minutes a day of walking helps people maintain their current bodyweight. Forty Five minutes a day will help people lose weight.

New studies show that to lose weight, you need adequate sleep. It has to do with ghrelin and leptin and other complicated sounding things. Other studies show reducing fructose  in our diets will help us in our struggle against extra pounds. Fructose is added to many processed foods as a sweetener.

With snowfall in many areas, it’s easy to forget that we’re still in a drought. To prevent barge traffic from coming to a halt on the Mississippi, they’re digging up the rock at the bottom the river in some areas.

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